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Telesforo Trinidad
Born (1890-11-25)November 25, 1890
New Washington, Aklan, Philippines, Spanish East Indies
Died May 8, 1968(1968-05-08) (agedĀ 77)
Imus, Cavite, Philippines
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Fireman 2nd Class
Unit USS San Diego
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Medal of Honor

Telesforo de la Crux Trinidad (November 25, 1890-May 8, 1968) was a Filipino fireman 2nd class in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for actions, in Mexican waters near La Paz, on board the USS San Diego in peacetime. He was the second service member, and first and so far the only sailor of Asian descent to receive the award.

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Citation:

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession at the time of the boiler explosion on board the U.S.S. San Diego, 21 January 1915. Trinidad was driven out of fireroom No. 2 by the explosion, but at once returned and picked up R.E. Daly, fireman, second class, whom he saw to be injured, and proceeded to bring him out. While coming into No. 4 fireroom, Trinidad was just in time to catch the explosion in No. 3 fireroom, but without consideration for his own safety, passed Daly on and then assisted in rescuing another injured man from No. 3 fireroom. Trinidad was himself burned about the face by the blast from the explosion in No. 3 fireroom.

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